In the middle of all your spine bones (vertebrae), there is a space for nerves to pass from your brain to the rest of your body. This space is known as the spinal canal. If you have spinal stenosis, the spinal canal gets narrow, which can put pressure on the nerves.
Spinal stenosis can be caused by many issues, such as:
Spinal stenosis is more common in older adults, but it can also occur in people who have abnormally small spinal canals.
Spinal stenosis causes symptoms when the nerves get squeezed. The main symptoms of spinal stenosis occur in the legs. They may include:
Your doctor will ask you about your pain during your appointment. They may ask when your pain occurs and what makes it better. Your doctor may also order imaging tests like an X-ray or MRI to get a closer look at your spine health. These images help your doctor pinpoint the cause of your pain.
The highly skilled physicians at The Spine Care Center have helped thousands of people in the Washington, D.C. area find lasting back pain relief. We develop personalized treatment plans for spinal stenosis based on the cause of your condition, whether it is a bone spur or herniated disc.
We strive to help you avoid surgery and begin your treatment with safe, effective treatments such as:
If these treatments don’t help with your pain, our expert spine surgeon performs minimally invasive procedures to take pressure off of nerves. He may remove thickened ligaments or part of the vertebra to widen the canal and reduce pressure. These minimally invasive procedures have fewer risks than other surgeries, including lower risks of pain and bleeding. They also offer faster recovery times so you can get back to a pain-free lifestyle.
You don’t have to live with back pain. Call The Spine Care Center in Manassas today at (703) 257-2266 or request an appointment online.